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GiveTogether Spring 2016: Child Welfare

We believe that all children have the right to a safe, stable, permanent and loving home.


April 08, 2016

Seattle Foundation’s GiveTogether program is a collective giving approach through which philanthropists work together to learn about and fund strategies that address pressing community needs.

In the spring of 2016, our team of philanthropists identified Child Welfare as their grantmaking focus. As of 2015, over 1,300 youth were involved in an out-of-home placement in the King County’s child welfare system and another 2,200 were involved in an open investigation. The underlying factors in cases of abuse, neglect, and out of home placements are varied, including mental health issues, substance abuse, financial hardship, domestic violence, and an overall lack of access to support and services.

Outcomes for children placed in the system begin to decline almost immediately, and the likelihood of educational attainment, optimal physical and mental health, and achieving stability once they exit the system decreases significantly. Successful intervention and support – or lack thereof – have a lifelong impact on both children and their parents.

We believe that all children have the right to a safe, stable, permanent and loving home. Whenever possible, this means keeping kids with their families and within their own homes.  We believe this is possible by supporting families with the tools they need to thrive. And when that’s not possible, we believe that placement in a child’s own community – where connection and continuity are present – is critical.

This spring, the GiveTogether program will award grants to King County-based nonprofit organizations working in Child Welfare, with a targeted focus on prevention and family preservation, or to organizations that address the lack of culturally relevant short and long-term placements for children once removed from their homes. We anticipate that we will award two to five grants of $10,000 to $50,000 each, depending on available funds and the quality of proposals received. These grants can be used for general operating expenses, support of existing projects, or for support of new, innovative work.

We are seeking applications from organizations with experience in one or more of our two priority areas:

* Prevention and Family Preservation: Programs that provide wrap around support for vulnerable families, focused on such issues as parenting and attachment, basic needs, case management, and integrated primary healthcare, dental and mental health.

* Short Term and Permanent Placements: Programs that recruit, train, and support foster homes, permanent placements, and kinship care providers, based in a child’s own geographic and/or cultural community, and that support the child while in placement.

View the RFP application for program criteria, deadlines and submission details. 

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